Community activist and revolutionary leader Faya Rose Toure was reportedly arrested during a city council meeting in Selma, Alabama on Nov, 25. after protesting the construction of a monument in honor of Ku Klux Klan founding Grand Wizard and Confederate Army General Nathan Bedford Forrest, according to members of the Direct Action Committee of Saving Ourselves organization.
Selma City Council President Corey D. Bowie allegedly refused to allow Toure and other concerned citizens to speak on the racist monument, leading to her arrest.
“We have to look at the bigger picture,” Bowie said. “We are going to have to embrace both the civil war and the civil rights movement as part of our city’s history. Once we can appreciate both ends then we can move past this.”
Even though Toure’s bail was set at $1,000, she is refusing to post it in protest of the council’s plan to move forward with the Forrest memorial and remains in jail.
Toure, the wife of Alabama State Sen. Hank Sanders, is the co-founder and chair of the Direct Action Committee of Saving Ourselves (S.O.S.), a Movement of 32 organizations for Justice and Democracy.
Her organization is standing behind her and speaking out on her arrest:
“If they put one of us in jail, they have put all of us in jail,” said SOS Co-Chair Johnny Ford, Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama.
I reached out to NewsOne contributor, Attorney and Legal Analyst Eric L. Guster to determine if Selma’s Black taxpayers could opt out of funding a statue honoring a racist organization, one that specifically terrorized Black people in the Deep South. Unfortunately, protesting — and voting — seem to be their only available course of action:
“The transfer of land and the $50,000 cash payment for the purpose of erecting a statue is a slap in the face of every person who was hanged, tortured, harassed or killed by the Ku Klux Klan,” said Guster exclusively to Hello Beautiful. “As a resident of Alabama, I am shocked, hurt and angry that the city of Selma would do such a thing. I was asked whether Black citizens could not pay money toward this project. Unfortunately, I do not know of a way for citizens to refuse to pay money for this statue except to exercise their rights to vote to elect a new council and mayor to prevent travesties like this from happening in the future.”
Toure, formerly known as Rose Sanders before shedding her “slave name in 2003, is a long time civil rights activist and attorney, and the first African-American female judge in Alabama’s history. She has been at the forefront of many post-civil rights movements, most specifically, those dealing with education.
According to the SOS press release, Toure “spearheaded the national effort to unseat former Selma mayor, Joe Smitherman (who was the mayor in 1965 during the Selma to Montgomery March and who famously called Dr. King, “Martin Luther Coon” on national television) in 2000 with the “Joe Gotta Go” campaign that garnered international support.”
Toure’s fight to dismantle entrenched, institutionalized racism is well-documented. Specifically, she has been protesting the Forrest monument for years, appearing several times on the city council‘s agenda.
“I have been mentored by and worked with Faya Rose Toure for more than 25 years,” said Tarana Burke. “She is the embodiment of a freedom fighter and has put herself on the line for the causes of people of color more times than I can count. This time we need to stand with her. We HAVE to push back against moves like this for the sake of our ancestors as well as our children. What message does it send to them when they see a monument to a man who was one of the authors of White supremacy be allowed to exist without a fight.”
To sign the petition protesting the Nathan Bedford Forrest memorial statue, and to support Faya Rose Toure, visit Change.org.
See Toure challenge the council in 2010 below:
See the S.C.L.C., Rainbow Push Coalition and over activists speak out against the celebration of domestic terrorism in Selma, Alabama below:
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1. Thanksgiving Television Specials
While we're getting ready to give thanks for a great year, grub with our families and prep ourselves to dodge all questions from our inquisitive grandparents about our dating lives, let's revisit some of our favorite sitcoms and the Thanksgiving episodes that got us all in the mood for some turkey!
We'll start off with a household 90s favorite, "Moesha". On this episode, Mo and her girls decided to take a road trip to their school's basketball game, but really only wanted to go to be closer to their boyfriends (typical). Although the game was the same week as Thanksgiving, they promised they would be back in time for holiday dinner. That was until their car broke down and they were stranded! Crazy!Watch below.
Without a doubt, "Martin" and his crew kept us laughing during their Thanksgiving episode. Their Holiday dinner turned into a battle of the sexes when Gina and Pam were convinced that their cooking was way better than Martin and his boys'. Of course, the boys were in over their heads when they realized that the ladies could throw down in the kitchen so they resorted to some sneaky tactics to try and win the battle!
4. The Cosby Show
Let's take it back to the '80s with Thanksgiving at the Huxtables' on "The Cosby Show". On this episode, Cliff's oldest daughter, Sondra, came home from college to celebrate the holidays with her family. The whole family was excited to spend time with Sondra, but Sondra had something else on her mind. Sondra wanted to go abroad to Paris and spent the whole weekend trying to convince her family to let her go.
5. The Parkers
Thanksgiving at the Parkers' residence had to be a blast. On this episode, Nikki's sister and niece came to visit her and Kim for the holidays. One would assume that having the family together for Thanksgiving would be exciting, but Nikki's sister and niece were so bossy to her and Kim that it drove the mother/daughter duo crazy! Take a look!
6. The Bernie Mac Show
Uncle Bernie was in for a weird Thanksgiving this year. While his nephew, Jordan, was busy annoying his sisters, Bernie was cooking dinner for the family. Little did he know that Jordan accidentally changed the temperature on the grill while the turkey was cooking leaving a ton of bacteria! After dinner, Bernie didn't feel so well and discovered that the turkey wasn't fully cooked all thanks to Jordan! SMH
7. Living Single
Thanksgiving with the crew on "Living Single" was more like a match maker session. Khadijah invited her friend Stacey over for Thanksgiving dinner and as soon as she met Kyle, the two instantly fell for each other. Once the gang realized that Kyle was head over heels for Stacey who seemed to be more casual about the relationship, they spent the entire episode warning Kyle about Stacey before he got his heart broken.
8. Kenan & Kel
Thanksgiving with "Kenan & Kel" is taking it way back to all of our childhoods! On this episode, Kel was invited to Kenan's house for dinner while Kenan's parents are out visiting a family member. In typical Kel behavior, he accidentally ate the whole turkey by himself leaving the boys to try and desperately replace it before Kenan's parents came back home. In my best Kel voice, "Aw, here it goes!"
9. The Jamie Foxx Show
Jamie's Thanksgiving on "The Jamie Foxx Show" was definitely one to remember. Jamie's old friend and pro-football player, Icepick, was cut by his team on Thanksgiving Day. Not only was he a cut from his team, but he was also coming to terms with the fact that he was homosexual! All of the stress took a toll on Jamie's childhood friend and Icepick threatened to end it all by jumping from a window ledge!
Since Ray and Lisa have broken up, it seemed like their romantic Thanksgiving vacation to Hawaii turned into a family vacation as Lisa invited Ray and Tamara thinking that Ray wouldn't show up anymore. Of course, Ray did show up and invited Ray's ex-girlfriend, Tonya, to accompany him. When they all arrived at the condo, chaos erupted as they were all shocked to see each other, with other mates!
11. "A Different World"
While the gang on "A Different World" was preparing to head home for the holidays, Whitley and Kim decided to stay and go dancing. Meanwhile, Walter, Jalessa, Dwayne and Freddie hit the road home! Oh, the joys of college life at Hillman College! Take a look.
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